Course Title: Field Investigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Field Investigation

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Una Stone

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2799

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.20

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite courses for this course

Course Description

This course is designed for students already working in a relevant justice agency or those wishing to undertake a major research project possibly in preparation for further study at Honours or Post Graduate levels.

You will research a specific topic of interest or work-related issue with a view submitting a final report. The report may also be submitted to the relevant agency to advise on necessary changes or developments. You must obtain final approval for you project from the Professional Intership Co-ordinator and where appropriate from the agency or organisation early in the relevant semester.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to give you a good understanding of social research within a narrow focus finding it a relevant and creative activity.

When you have successfully completed this course you should:
•have an understanding of what social research is
•have developed a general understanding of a range of theoretical frameworks and approaches to research
• have an understanding of the research process and what it involves, including:
research design
quantitative and qualitative research methods and
literature reviews
survey and questionnaire design
relevant statistical methods
data analysis
computer software to assist in data management and analysis
theory building
report writing
• have familiarity with the language of research

  • Development high level research skills.
  • Demonstration of advanced written and oral communication skills.
  • Extensive deep learning of a narrow field of relevant study.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course allows you to conduct meaningful research into an area of personal interest and with some relevance to your workplace or an area of academic interest. You will work closely with an academic supervisor in developing your research plan, collecting data, analysing and drafting your report. This subject is graded and exceptional reports may be considered by the Program team for publication.

Overview of Learning Resources

Babbie, Earl (1998) The Practice of Social Research, 8th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont California.
Babbie, Earl (1999) The Basics of Social Research, 8th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont California.
Brannen, Julia (1992) (ed) Mixing Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Research,
Avebury, Vermont.
Bryman, Alan (1988) Quantity and Quality in Social Research, Unwin Hyman, London.
Bouma, Gary (1984/1993/1996) The Research Process, Oxford University Press,
Creswell, John W. (1994) Research Design: Qualitative & Quantitative Approaches, Sage, Thousand Oaks California.
Bulmer, Martin (1984) Sociological Research Methods, 2nd edn, Macmillan, London.
Dooley, David (1984) Social Research methods: A Practical Guide, Allen and Unwin.
Eicheler, M (1988) Nonsexist Research Methods, Prentice-Hall Inc, Englewood Cliffs,
New Jersey.
Gilbert, Nigel (1993) (ed.) Research Social Life, Sage, London.
Judd, Charles M, Eliot R Smith and Louise H Kidder (1991) Research methods in Social Relations, 6th ed., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Orlando.
Jupp, Victor (1989) Methods of Criminological Research, Unwin Hyman, London.
Hakim, Catherine (1987), Research Design: Strategies and Choices in the Design of Social Research, Allen & Unwin, London.
Lee, Raymond M. (1993) Doing Research on Sensitive Topics, Sage, London.
Neuman, W Lawrence (2000) Social Research Methods : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Massachusetts.
Punch, Keith F. (1998) Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, Sage, London.
Rose, Gerry (1982 & 1994) Deciphering Sociological Research, Macmillan, Melbourne.
Sarantakos, Sotirios (1993) Social Research, Macmillan, Melbourne.
Wadsworth, Yoland (1984) Do It Yourself Social Research, VCOSS, Melbourne Family Care Organisation, Allen & Unwin, Melbourne.
Ygidis, Bonnie L. & Weinbach, Robert W. (1991) Research Methods for Social Workers, Longman, New York..

Overview of Assessment

a 4,000  word academic research paper which may comprise a 1,000 word article on the same or associated topic suitable for publication in a journal. This latter requirement may be waived where the content is deemed to be too sensitive for publication, is confidential in nature, is inappropriate for publication or is subject to treatment before a court or tribunal.